1. Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato
Arguably more beautiful than the £1.3 million One-77, Aston Martin’s £330K bargain will certainly make the summer of 2012 one to remember. Hand assembled at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, England, the V12 Zagato is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and features a beautiful handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body. Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminium platform and the power of the company’s acclaimed 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque. Following extremely positive initial customer reaction, the V12 Zagato is being offered for sale at £330,000 GBP excluding local taxes and will go into strictly limited production of up to 150 cars in summer 2012.
2. Jaguar C-X16
C-X16 is a bold statement of Jaguar’s future design and technological intent. A compact, rear-wheel drive, two-seater, with a true sporting character, underpinned by immensely strong aluminium architecture perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Powered by an innovative supercharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 380 PS (280 kW) and 332 lb ft (450 Nm) of torque. Hybrid system controlled by a steering-wheel mounted ‘Push to Pass’ button boosts output by 70 kW and 235 Nm. Top speed of 186 mph, 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and 50-75 mph acceleration in 2.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 165 g/km. The C-X16 moves the award-winning Jaguar design language on to the next level. The exterior and interior design is startling in its simplicity, defined by three ‘heartlines’; the front wing crease, the rear haunches that wrap into the tail and the sweeping roofline. Its interior clearly centered on the driver, and underlines its ‘One plus One’ layout by deliberately creating as cocooned and cosseting a space as possible. Possible price point of between $80K and $110K.
3. Alfa Romeo 4C
By late 2012 Alfa Romeo will be rolling out its most tangibly tantalizing two seater ever to rapturous and widespread demand. The stunning Alfa Romeo 4C promises to reignite the passion behind the sexy Italian brand and bring back a genuine sports car feel at a price that’s surprisingly well within reach. It’s light and powerful enough for a top end over 155mph and 0-62mph in less than 5.0sec, predicts Alfa. The interior is equally dramatic, consisting of red and carbon-fibre with a striking narrow centre console. It is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine currently used in the Giulietta, located in the center for maximum balance and driving the rear wheels. Pricing will be confirmed later, but a guide is about 45,000 euros (approx £38,000). Best get your order in quick, as Alfa has only modest production in mind – about 1,500 units globally.
4. Bugatti Galibier
Again, like the Pagani Huayra, you’d be forgiven in thinking the four-door Veyron, dubbed the Galibier, had broken free of it’s conceptual shackles ages ago. But, again, you’d be wrong. Car has the same 5.0 liter w-16, but with two turbo compressor air compressor Veyron style two-door is the courtyard; Other functions involve led signals extraordinary fill and rear signals, a exclusive dual-opening cover, “backbone” to a great performance, and overseas and eight-speed automated, ought to have a individual fatigue tube and eight luxurious boat Inside. Considering Bugatti’s supercar, the Veyron, and Volkswagen’s experience in manufacturing cars, future customers of the Galibier will certainly be the happiest drivers in the world. Its price won’t be quite cheap. 1.000.000 British pounds (875.000 Euro / 1.440.000 US Dollars) is expected to cost the entry level version of the Galibier.
Those who still think electric vehicles are simply jazzed-up golf carts had, better think again. Or at least Renault would like them to. If the French car maker has its way, commuters who fancy slaloming through city traffic and parking perpendicular to the sidewalk will soon be doing so in a tiny all-electric four-wheeler Renault has called the Twizy. Renault Twizy delivers all the fundamentals associated with any car, namely four wheels, a steering wheel and pedals, plus an enveloping body for two occupants sitting in tandem, one behind the other. It might not have the sex appeal of a motorcycle, but it does offer comfortable seating for two and about a cubic foot and a half of storage space. The Renault Twizy two-seater city car is coming in March 2012 to the UK and Renault has just announced pricing for a new trim level.
6. Zenvo ST1
If you’re careful with your throttle foot, you can expect mind-warping performance for your money. In-house testing shows that the Zenvo ST1 is capable of hitting 62 miles per hour from a standing start in just 3.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 233 miles per hour. The ST1 is trumpeted for its 1,104-hp rating, but that is actually just one of three power settings Wet, Race and Sport adjusted with a knob in the cabin. The 7.0-liter will put out “only” 650 hp in Wet mode. Crank that to Sport and get about 850 hp. One more click to Race spools the turbo to 1.2 bar and gives the captain all she’s got. Take the $1.8 million ST1. Just like the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder, it’s likely out of your price range. But Danish delight has got a lock on Russian billionaires–so far.
7. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 injects blood-pumping performance and retro styling into a package that is nevertheless easy to live with every day. Among muscle cars, it’s the top dog. Incredible power, inspiring engine note, aggressive styling and relative exclusivity. Rising to the challenge of Chevy’s crazy Camaro ZL1, Ford unleashed its most unruly beast yet. The GT500 is the most powerful ‘Stang ever. Looking more unholy than any of Hollywood’s interpretations of high-security prison inmates, Mustang muscle has simply never been this shredded or this desirable. While GM selected a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 for their range-topping Camaro ZL1, good for 550 horsepower and torque, Ford has now answered with an all-new supercharged 5.8-liter V8 – cranking out a downright supercar-like 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. But the best news is it’s yours for just £38K shocking in just about every way.
8. Donkervoort GTO
The Donkervoort D8 GTO is the product of 2-1/2 years of development. A joint project between Donkervoort and Audi, this car is a combination of high power and superior performance. Designed around a steel tubular frame with large carbon composite panels, the ultra-rigid body weighs surprisingly little – helped by such innovations as the one-piece door with integrated hinges, capable of withstanding an impact of 1,500kg despite an overall weight of 980g. Born from the heritage of Donkervoort’s other creations – the GT and the D8 270RS, to be exact – the D8 GTO takes the reigns from its predecessors as a larger model that comes with matching performance capabilities. Donkervoort’s biggest, baddest bruiser yet will hit the asphalt this summer with a sticker price ranging from £85,000 to £125,000.
9. Lotus Evora GTE
Lotus is going to fill that void in its lineup caused by the retraction of the Elise and Exige twins from the U.S. marketplace in 2012 by offering the Evora GTE, the most powerful Lotus road car ever. The track-ready street-legal Lotus Evora GTE is equipped with a heavily modified 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine creating 438 hp. That’s 162 more horsepower than the base Lotus Evora and 93 more than the sporty Lotus Evora S. Complementing the striking exterior is a race-themed interior that doesn’t infringe into passenger comfort. Leather and carbon fiber dominate the cabin and lightweight Recaro carbon fiber seats tightly hold both the passenger and driver in place. Lighter, wider and wilder than a regular Evora, the GTE takes inspiration from the Evora GT race car and gains an aggressive body kit with an industrial-strength permanent carbon-fiber wing bolted on the back. Just don’t expect change from £100,000 when it makes the showrooms later this year.
10. Pagani Huayra
In his hands, Horacio Pagani holds a 50th-scale aluminum representation of his work over the last seven years. It’s a model of the 2012 Pagani Huayra, the fruition of the project long known as the C9 at his workshop. The name comes from a god of wind in the Andes, an appropriate talisman for a car propelled by a twin-turbo V12 and meant to fly along the ground at more than 200 mph. Pagani Huayra say “pa-GAH-nee he-WHY-rah”. Sounds like a spicy dish at a tony Italian restaurant, but it’s actually a spicy new item on the global menu of mega-buck, mega-fast super sports cars At the heart of the Huayra is a Mercedes-AMG provided twin-turbo M158 V12. Displacement is 5980cc and power peaks at 700 horsepower and 1000Nm of torque. The turbos have been designed to offer immediate response at the slightest throttle input, giving the driver full control over the engine at any rpm and preventing delays in delivery. The 2012 Pagani Huayra is a step into the future for Pagani. A decade ago, the Zonda cost $320,000, but now the Huayra will carry a price tag of about $1.4 million, and that’s for the version with the standard engine.
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